A joint statement recognizing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity will be delivered at the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 21. The deadline for countries to sign onto it is March 18.
At present, 58 nations have endorsed the statement. Gay activists who are involved in U.N. affairs are urging colleagues around the world to lobby their national governments to sign up.
Among the nations being targeted are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine.
The statement will be read out by the U.N.'s ambassador from Colombia.